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From conflict-torn Indonesia, Wacol migrant greets Queen Mother

In the recently digitised collection of Migrant Women Oral History  at State Library is the story of Luberta Goote who migrated from Indonesia, fleeing civil unrest to find safe haven at the Wacol Migrant Camp in Queensland in 1957. She went from fear to happiness that included getting used to celebratory fireworks and even meeting the Queen Mother.... Read more

Who first slept in this house? Loma Linda, Northgate

Who was the original owner of Loma Linda, a large, distinctive house on a ridge in Northgate, originally occupying acres? We were told there was a link to Bundaberg sawmills, where timber was especially milled and used in the house’s particular wooden features, and the family had been resident there for at least 40 years... Read more

SLQ goes to Hollywood

Did you know three photographs from State Library of Queensland’s collection were used in a recent $35 million Hollywood blockbuster? ‘Saving Mr Banks’, starring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks, depicts the making of Walt Disney’s 1964 adaptation of Mary Poppins, the beloved character of P. L. Travers’ children’s books. Travers (real name Helen Lyndon Goff) was born... Read more

Multicultural Queensland – History in Pictures

August 22-30 is Queensland Multicultural Week, the state’s largest celebration of multiculturalism. It’s the perfect time to delve in SLQ’s historical collections of photographs, diaries, letters and more and explore Queensland’s diverse cultural landscape. Show More Summary

Queensland Places – Thursday Island – Hotel Metropole

For many years, the Hotel Metropole, formerly situated at No 1 Douglas Street, Thursday Island was a prominent landmark in the town, as well as being a popular venue for locals and visitors. This advertisement, dating from 1897, shows both internal and external views of the hotel, then managed by Mr. D. Swiss-Davies. It is... Read more

5 Queensland scientists who you’ve (probably) never heard of

For National Science Week 2015, let’s look back at 5 Queensland scientists who you might not have heard of. 5. Botantist – Frederick Manson Bailey (1827-1915) (The following extract is taken from E. N. Marks, ‘Bailey, Frederick Manson...Show More Summary

School spirit – the battle for the Cannon Hill State School swimming pool

August 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of Cannon Hill State School. The school was officially opened on 16 August 1915. Surprisingly State Library of Queensland’s photographic collection contains only six historical photographs of the school, and all six proudly feature the school’s swimming pool which was opened in 1922. Show More Summary

Brisbane celebrates Victory in the Pacific

The morning of August 15, 1945, saw scenes of wild celebration in Brisbane after Japan surrendered to the Allies. The Brisbane Telegraph newspaper reported that in the CBD “confetti showers from buildings started in earnest, car horns sounded, people hugged each other in the street and many stores immediately shut their doors”. Newsboys were overwhelmed as... Read more

5 fabulous Queensland houses no longer with us

Queensland has lost a number of treasured houses over the years due to redevelopment, neglect or natural disaster. Below is a handpicked list of 5 Queensland homes which have sadly not survived. The information about these former residences has been taken from original descriptions that accompanied the photographs. Show More Summary

Brisbane Trams – History in Pictures

“…the adoption of this system of street traffic marks a new era in our history… If the tram system in Brisbane accomplishes no other end it will prove that Queensland does not intend to be behind in this very fast age”, boasted Brisbane’s Telegraph newspaper on the eve of the first tram beginning public operation... Read more

What ever happened to “The Exhibition Punch”? (1878)

SLQ’s collection contains numerous Queensland newspapers, magazines and other serials. Some of these publications ran for many, many years, while others fizzled out after a short run. A noteworthy example of a short-lived serial from our collection is The Exhibition Punch, which was published to coincide with the Brisbane Exhibition of 1878. The Exhibition Punch... Read more

Musgrave NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Day of Celebration)

This year NAIDOC was celebrating its twenty-four years at Musgrave Park.  As a long-term Indigenous staff member of the State Library, I have now attended twenty-one years of these Fridays (minus 2014 due to a motorbike accident). In 1994 three State Library staff members, Loris Williams, Kathy Frankland and I participated with a stall on... Read more

The Ekka – History in Pictures

The Brisbane Exhibition (also known as The Ekka or the RNA Show) has been an institution since 1876. State Library of Queensland holds an extensive collection of materials from Ekkas past, some of which have been digitised and can be perused online through our One Search catalogue. Below is a small sample from our image collection…   Further... Read more

Queensland Places – Thursday Island – T. Satow, Merchant & Importer

One of the more well known businesses operating on Thursday Island in the 1890s was the firm run by Mr. Torajiro Satow, known simply as T. Satow.  In the pictured advertisement, dating from that time, his business was described as merchant and importer, ship builder and agent for pearling boats. Mr. Satow, from the reports... Read more

ATSI Children’s Day celebrated with SLQ world heritage images, Boigu Island

State Library celebrates National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day on 4 August 2015 with newly released digitised content from its world heritage collection, TR1791 Margaret Lawrie Collection of Torres Strait Islands Material 1964-1998 TR1791.  Children’s Day celebrates the strengths and culture of  ATSI children. Show More Summary

ATSI Children’s Day celebrated with historic Bloomfield River photographs

Celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day (4 August) with digitised images of the Bloomfield River / Wujal Wujal area from John Oxley Library collections.   Wujal Wujal Elders  have recently provided cultural clearance  for many images to go live in State Library’s catalogue One Search. Show More Summary

New accessions: Portrait of Queensland’s 8th Governor, Lord Lamington

A recent addition to the art collection of the John Oxley Library is this fine portrait of Queensland’s 8th Governor, Charles Wallace Alexander Napier Cochrane-Baillie, 2nd Baron Lamington (1860 – 1940). The portrait, purchased in June at an auction in the United Kingdom, is the work of Robert Duddingstone Herdman, a second-generation Scottish artist who... Read more

Lamington National Park – History in Pictures

Lamington National Park was established on 31 July in 1915. Lying on the Lamington Plateau of the McPherson Range, the park covers roughly 51,000 acres of rugged mountains and spectacular waterfalls, and is home to an abundance of flora and fauna. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of National Park status for this area, we’ve compiled a gallery... Read more

Connecting to Collections

On a recent trip to North Queensland, SLQ staff visited the Zara Clark Museum, a National Trust Museum managed under the auspices of the Charters Towers & Dalrymple Historical Society. Readers will find very useful background information about the Museum, its existence, Miss Zara Clark and the buildings with important links to Charters Towers on... Read more

Podcast: Democracy – is Queensland different? (A night in the JOL)

The quest for good governance and the preservation of hard won democratic principles have been preoccupations for much of Queensland’s political history. But is our experience of democracy in some way different from that of other states? At SLQ’s most recent Night in the JOL Ian Townsend put the question to political journalist, turned academic... Read more

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